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Lincoln Town Car



  • I have a 1997 Town Car that is a pleasure in every way. I have reread the owners manual several times and each time I find a new feature to play with.

    Now the question. I notice that the top of the front armrests are hinged, opening up to a small plastic compartment that seems too small to really be of much use. Try as I might, I just can't see how the tiny "storage" area could justify the cost of the hinged tops. Anyone ever figured out the idea behind these armrest storage areas? Am I missing something?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    If your talking about what I think you are, then strictly speaking, it's not needed. What the H-pipe you're referring to is there for is to provide a crossover to even out the pulses in the exhaust stream. You could eliminate it, but your exhaust would be a little rougher, and I think you'd loose a little horsepower as well.
  • Hi,

    I am an owner of an 89 Town Car.
    I created two Yahoo Groups.

    1: and
    For Ford fans in Baltimore, MD.

    Joe Dasher
  • I just purchased a used (16,500 miles)Signature from a dealer. Did not notice until after I had paid for it and had it home but the plastic wrap-around below the back bumper is melting around the exhaust pipe.
    Any one else ever had this happen?
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854

    Not cheap, but nothing worthwhile is.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Yeah, they deal mostly with Crown Victorias, but underneath that Lincoln sheetmetal, it's essentially the same car.
  • I would appreciate any information, good or bad regarding this car. My husband heard that there were engine overheating problems on Continentals, was this true for Town Car also? If so, does anyone know what was done to correct the problem.

    Any feedback is very much appreciated! THANKS!!
  • lando2lando2 Posts: 12
    Can any one help me find instructions on programming the visor garage control (95 TC)? I have checked my manual and no luck. I've also checked the net with no success. Thanks in advance.
  • You can find programming instructions on the Homelink website. The programming page is:

    First, choose the "programming for the first time" selection from the pulldown menu & follow those instructions to initialize the unit, then choose the "programming the garage door opener" selection. You'll need your garage door transmitter.

    I have a Lincoln LS, and the website instructions match the ones in my owner's manual. I used to have a Mark 8 and it worked the same way, so your Town Car should be the same, too.

    Hope this helps.

  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    have a serious blind spot for the driver between the rear door glass and rear window.

    have "road noise" in excess of the 97 style.

    have an underpowered engine, needs 300 hp.

    don't have a "towing option".

    The best 2001 is the Signature with Touring Option which includes dual exhaust, heavy suspension and larger tires.

    Look forward to changing the oil in the engine, transmission, and rear axle. Use synthetic in all.
  • See up there? That title? It says "need". Yeah, I need one! The more I see 'em the more I love 'em.

    I love the classic style, the roomy interior, and the unashamedly loooong wheel base. I like the fact that they "float" down the road & have no desire to "feel" the road. I don't want a performance machine. I want luxury, I want class, I want a soft leather interior, I need that Lincoln Town Car.
    I'm looking for a '90 to '95 Lincoln. If anyone has any good leads here in So Cal please let me know.

  • I hope this hasn't been already answered, but the shudder going into overdrive results from the overdrive clutch slipping. It can be corrected by changing your transmission fluid and filter. This (worn out transmission fluid) is the known cause of this very common problem with many transmissions, and the cure. Worked for mine in a '92 T/C.
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    If your Maintenance and Schedule Manual advises you to not change the rear axle fluid until 100,000 miles - don't believe it. In following the advice written in the manual it was later discovered the fluid in the axle had turned to foam. This foam disenabled proper lubrication resulting in all new axle gears, two rear axles, and related parts. Cost of Repair is over $1,100.
  • dbd34dbd34 Posts: 18
    I'm just over 28,000 miles on my 2000 Town Car, Signature Series - Touring Sedan. Absolutely zero problems, even with this higher-than-average mileage. No overheating. The Continental is a different platform altogether, so there should be no relation.
    300 horsepower on this car would be a waste. It has gas mileage of 21mpg or better on the freeway, and 18-19 around town. There has never been a case where I've lacked for acceleration - not going over the Sierras, nor over the Tehachapis. I can pass at any speed, with power to spare. The car has plenty of punch.
    Complaints: The trunk is deep, and can require you to bend over to get at the corners. I wanted a black interior with the dark blue paint, but it wasn't available.
    This car has been wonderful in every respect. Great handler, roomy, quiet, great sound system, 0 problems. It is a great bargain compared to foreign cars, and much better looking as well, IMHO.
    When I came from the 97 TC to the 2000 TC, I too thought the rear view was restricted, but now with some miles under the belt it is not an issue. The 2000 TC has such large rear view mirrors, that it makes up for the smaller rear window area.
    I've spoken with other 99-2001 TC owners, and they are all very pleased with their car too, and invariably find it superior to Cadillacs, BMW's, Mercedes, and Lexus.
  • for the information that the road noise is worse on newer Town Cars than on 1997 Town Cars. My 2000 Continental has much more road noise than my 1995 Continental and I was considering the Town Car next spring instead of a new Continental. I think that it is just a quality problem of Ford Motor Company from saving money by making cars cheaper. Bob Parks
  • My Dad is interested in a very low mileage Town Car (only 60K). His mechanic said "stay away" and that he'd be at the shop quite often. Tranny, suspension and electrical problems. On the other hand he said that the Grand Marquis is a good car. Is the Town Car really more problematic? I know it might have a more complex suspension, but are the tranny, engine and electronics that much different? I guess I really should stop a
    T & LC (NYC limo) driver and ask him what he thinks!
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    We have a 94 and only in the last 1,000 miles have we had to spend over 1400 on repairs, but it has 99,000 on it. $1400 bought two axles, rear axle gears, all the related bearings and parts, but $325 of that 1400 went for new set of plug wires. When looking at the specs, the GM, CV, & TC seen to have the same 4.6 engine, O'D tranny, suspension, and even the wheel/tire size is 215/70/15. Buy the TC and change all fluids throughout, especially the rear axle and the tranny. Refill with semi synthetic fluids. Coolant should be changed as well. The 92 TC is good for 25 mpg on the level at 70 mph.
  • otoluvaotoluva Posts: 158
    I bought it in 97 with 72k, love the ride and the sheer size of it,was trouble free up until it went over 125k and hell just broke out...First off the a/c gave in then front end needed work,fuel pump,radiator,ignition,electrical issues(some fuses kept blowing)not mentioning the minor things like wires, belts and so forth,then I got a break for a while only to find out that I was in for a new round of what I call town car rage! I was driving in heavy traffic one afternoon and stopped at a red light on a hilly street when the light turned green my tranny let go,no problem since I'm a regular at AAA.One week and $950 later I was back in the car thinking to my self well with all the work that's been done on this car it should last me a while...Wrong,I think the air suspension was jealous,one morning I left the house to go to work and saw the car sitting on it's [non-permissible content removed].Now it has 162k and just a few weeks ago,you guessed it,the engine started to idle funny,specially in the morning.But now I decided I'm not taking anymore crap,if Im faced with any repair bill over $100 it's going to the junkyard,period.(by the way the body still looks awesome)Too bad it's not going to make it to 200k like it should and for all the $$ I have invested in it.
  • I just purchased a 1984 Lincoln Town Car with 78,000 miles on it and I'm currently in the process of reconditioning the auto.

    I've had the engine steam cleaned, changed the oil, flushed the radiator, had the carb cleaned, and had the tranny serviced.

    I'm planning on a tune-up this week-end. In the mean time I'm looking for a good vinyl cleaner/restorer. I've washed the car and even tried using Simple Green on the Landau top but it still looks filthy. Can anyone recommend such a product?

    Many thanks,

    Land Yacht
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    I cleaned it infrequently with Westleys white side wall tire cleaner and a GI brush for 12 years w/o any problems. Rinse very completely afterwards.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    All I ever used on my Mercury's vinyl top was Armor All. Then again, it's dark green, and it may not be showing all the filth.
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    poke a small hole in the cover and fill with WD40.
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    by Mercury within a couple of months. How long do you think it will take for that same engine to be available in the Towncar?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Kinley...Instead of using WD-40, why not use spray silicone or something? Or maybe even ball joint grease. WD-40 is fine for lubing bicycle chains, but for suspension pieces, they do make better stuff.

    As far as the 300 horsepower Marauder, the engine isn't supercharged. It's the same 32 valve engine found in the Lincoln Mark VIII and the Mustang Cobra. And since the Town Car is aimed at the segment of the market that prefers lots of interior real estate and a smooth ride over the sports-sedan segment, I don't think a 32 valve engine Town Car would sell any more than the 16V version without cannibilizing the Marauder, so my prediction it that it's never gonna happen.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    The "Maintenance Schedule and Record" book with our '94 states as follows:

    "NOTE: Rear axle lube quantities must be replaced every 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or if the axle has been submerged in water. Otherwise, the lube should not be checked or changed unless a leak is suspected or repair required."

    Having good faith in the instruction noted above, the rear axle was never checked until a whine emanated from it at 97,000 miles.

    The dealer's General Service Manager advised the lube had turned to "foam" and thus lowering the lubricating qualities of the lube. He said we should have changed the fluid long before now.

    The repairs totaled $l,131.28 and a letter was sent to Dearborn asking for reimbursement due to the misleading instructions cited above.

    Three weeks later a 'phone call from "Matt 2194" said the car was out of warranty and nothing could be done. He didn't understand the issue was their liability for misleading instructions and kept talking about being out of warranty.

    A visit to Lincoln's DSO with supporting papers and conversation lead to the factory DSO offering to pay half of the bill. Deal was accepted.

    Two things to be learned from this is:

    (1) Don't wait for 100,000 miles to check the lube in the axle. Change it at 50,000 miles.

    (2) Don't take "no" from the factory 'phone guy and go direct,in person, to the DSO. Waiting for the factory representative to come to you will not do the same job as going to them will.

    Change all fluids sooner than you are recommended to. Note: Diplomacy goes a long way with the DSO.
  • gdblakegdblake Posts: 18
    Does anyone know where I can get a discounted price on these bags. The '99's are $90+, but my '92's are $186 each, from my local Ford dealer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • otoluvaotoluva Posts: 158
    I bought'em second hand for my 92(junk yard).
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